Artifice to Wilderness, Rural to Urban:
Housing for Migrant Farmers and Agricultural Infrastructure in Immokalee, Florida


Housing is a system of infrastructure needed to support a fair standard of living for all. Climate change threatens the mass food supply chain by causing shifts in areas of uninhabitable places that once could produce a substantial amount of food. Substandard housing conditions for migrant workers are unacceptable, and housing that is safe and healthy is the only way to ensure the sustainable system of the food supply chain, and of course to be dignifying for the migrant farmers that grow the food.

The thesis proposes an archipelago of infrastructures and housing that support a sustainable ecology for healthy conditions connecting the agricultural zones, through the wilderness, and into the urban. The three systems become integrated through the merging systems and landscapes. The nexus between urban and rural with artifice and wilderness move towards a hybrid environment that establishes territorial consciousness. The project is located in Immokalee, Florida where families pay $75 per person a week to share a trailer with another family; also where the average family pays 70% of their income towards rent. These housing situations are unsafe, unaffordable, and unhealthy places coupled with unsustainable infrastructure that does nothing to protect the people during a climate crisis. ‘Wilderness to the Urban’ works towards mending these relations by terraforming the landscape with typologies drawn from hurricane-resistant architecture, water management principles, and policy informed rulesets. Providing programming through merging territories of densities and sparsity of the three systems.
Faculty Advisor:
Jose Sanchez